I swear, I haven't been hiding! Just busy! Here's what's making November a happy month for me.
Traveling to Pembroke.
The Ontario Highlands holds a very special place in my heart, as it was the destination for one of my favourite girls' trips (snowshoeing! dog sledding! art! food!). I loved meeting so many inspiring small businesses in the travel/tourism sector and presenting to many of them on using Instagram.
A Halloween Hoot.
Bonding With Books.
... and (kinda) killing cable....
I think it was this tone that prevented me from chopping our cable package a long time ago. And I kinda love TV. I love watching the news and documentaries. I love the cooking shows. And, yes, I often love the somewhat embarrassing shows too. (Shoutout to all the Return To Amish fans!) It's a source of frugal fun for us and we often PVR old movies and save them for at-home date nights.
But once a year or so we try to re-evaluate all our bills from service providers. And this time round, we took a long hard look at things and admitted to ourselves that we were paying for A LOT of channels that we just never watched. And so we cut back to the basic package, just a handful of channels, and in doing so we saved a handful of cash. Not round-the-world on a yacht cash, but maybe more cafes and bookstores cash and that works for me.
The Art of Nesting.
And right now I'm in a home phase. The spring, summer, and early autumn of 2015 were very busy travel periods and I'm enjoying having some time at home - and, of course, dreaming of our next trips! And maybe it's the influence of Rubin's books, but I've been on an cleaning, reorganizing, and decluttering spree. And it's been exquisite!
I really should have taken before-and-after shots of all the closets in my house that have been scrubbed out and made over, but I did get a few in-progress shots of my office. That cool carved wooden chair you see came back with me when I left Malawi - I traded the trousers I was wearing to help seal the bargain! But it's nothing - nothing! - to the awesomeness that is the nearly scrubbed out basement closet now holding all our holiday decoration boxes.
Home is a pretty great place to be.
My dream birds were a lovely and unexpected gift from Nova Scotia artist Shauna MacLeod of Black Crow Pottery in Nova Scotia. I first discovered Shauna's work when it was staring right at me during a visit to the Historical Gardens of Annapolis Royal. Her dream birds are part of an art installment at the garden and I just fell in love with these fine feathered friends hidden among the trees. You can see more of her stunning work here.
Class & Sass at Clear The Room.
This message was reinforced to me once again in an unexpected setting -a cocktail party! Ryan and I were so fortunate to be invited to the Clear The Room event honoring causes that people don't always like to talk about. Sometimes health issues and social issues, such as child abuse and incontinence, aren't the easiest or most comfortable things to talk about but they are a part of so many people's stories and there can be so much joy in sharing them.
And there was plenty of joy at Clear The Room! We had an amazing time hamming it up with our friend Sandy from Canadian Blog House and it was so exciting to get dressed up and attend a smart party. And it was great to feel all the positive energy in the air.
Standout Social Media.
And business has been busy lately - in a really good way! We're' redesigning our website, quadrupling the number of packages we offer, and offering a huge year-end sale on some of our most popular bundles. It's an awesome, exciting time!
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